Custom decorative glass wall highlights University of Illinois lobby


Photos courtesy of J.E. Berkowitz LP

The basics: The first floor lobby of the Nathan Newmark Civil Engineering Building at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign features a custom-designed decorative glass wall. The wall is made up of 12 glass panels depicting an assortment of prominent civil engineering images across a multi-colored gradient base. The wall was installed in May 2011.

The players: Architect, Teng & Associates Inc., with local representative, Bailey Edward Design; general contractor, Roessler Construction Co.; glass fabricator, J.E. Berkowitz LP; glass installer, Trainor Modular Walls business unit of Trainor Glass Co.; glass manufacturer, PPG Industries; interlayer supplier, DuPont.

The glass and systems: Twelve monolithic glass panels make up the 282-inch-wide by 174-inch-high glass wall. The glass panels are about 47 inches wide by 87 inches high, and 9/16-inch thick, and are comprised of two ΒΌ-inch Starphire glass lites and a .075-inch SentryGlas Expressions interlayer. The images are digitally printed in high resolution on the SentryGlas Expressions interlayer.